Global aluminium aerosol can deliveries almost stable in 2020

According to the International Organisation of Aluminum Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL), the development of the global market of aluminium aerosol cans was ‘quite impressive’ last year, despite the adversities caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Global deliveries by AEROBAL members fell by just 1.7% in 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year. With a considerable total production of roughly 5.7 billion aluminium aerosol cans, the industry was only slightly below the record results of the past few years. AEROBAL members represent around 70% of all aluminium aerosol cans produced around the globe. 

AEROBAL secretary general Gregor Spengler, said: “Especially in this crisis situation, the advantages of aluminium aerosol cans as packaging material have once again come into their own. Their outstanding safety and reliability, paired with excellent functionality and the exceptionally high hygiene standards, which are of course even more important in times of pandemics, have paid off. Together with the efficiency and flexibility of our member companies, this has ensured that we have come relatively well through the difficult last year compared to other industries.” 

However, the pandemic has also left its mark on the sales markets for aluminium aerosol cans. The slight decline is due to lower demand for deodorants, the core market for aluminium aerosol cans. But sales of other personal care items and hair care products also declined. In addition to a general reluctance to consume, mobility restrictions also had their effect. Since consumers were going out less, they also used fewer products such as deodorants and perfumes, body, hair care and cosmetic products. The uncertainty among consumers and various travel restrictions also caused the number of holiday trips to collapse dramatically, which also explains the noticeable decline in demand on the market for sunscreens and similar products. 

The specific situation around Covid-19 caused a noticeable increase in demand in certain sectors, such as disinfection and hygiene products. The demand for household products also increased. 

However, these increases could not fully compensate for the lower demand in the volume-wise dominating markets for deodorants, body and hair care. 

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